Posts in category "literature"
All good and noble things I’d say When writing my obituary And I would end it in this way. “Of course, remember ‘Here lies Jerry’”
During my years in the classroom, I had my students keep journals of daily quotations. Here is a collection of inspiring (or at least intriguing) words from the Oval Office. 1. “We are citizens of the world; and the tragedy of our times is that we do not know this.” [Woodrow Wilson] 2. “Gambling is... Read more »
Why do I write? It’s a fair kind of question. So that food for thought might Get the proper digestion.
If something’s strange or out of joint Append the ! Or say you’re frightened in the dark, How apt the ! For passion, panic , provocation, !’s the punctuation. One at a time is how to use it. Redundancy might just abuse it.
My wife, her mom, and I made a rare visit to a movie theater yesterday. The stars, I guess, must have been in perfect alignment . I did the usual groundwork, investigating the offerings at the local big-screen emporiums. My first choice, Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight”, wasn’t available at the usual places. ... Read more »
William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is considered by many the greatest play ever written. Many of its lines have become embedded in the collective memory of readers around the world. It is no exaggeration to say that recognizing them is an indication of one’s cultural literacy. How well can you complete each of the following quotations culled... Read more »
Quiz masters like to give an opening sentence and have you identify the novel. But the second sentence may be equally suggestive of its provenance. Can you match the following second sentence to its novel? If you get all ten, you are second to none. Answers are in Roman numerals and follow a pregnant... Read more »
When I was teaching at the junior high level, I had my students keep a quote notebook. Every day, their first order of business was to enter the day’s quotation written on the chalkboard. They followed a very simple template. Date, quote, author. As an example, let me give one of my favorites that... Read more »
It’s the day after Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, or is it? Fact is his day of birth is pure conjecture. Based on baptismal records, as I seem to recall. So consider taking the following quiz a way to commemorate the Bard’s Aprilish birthday. I must admit that the following quiz is a knock-off. Kudos to ChicagoNow ... Read more »
I was sitting today in the waiting room of one of those off-campus medical buildings every hospital seems to have. My mother-in-law was in for some blood work. It wasn’t going to be long. There were so few people in the vicinity to attract attention that I reflexively looked around for some magazine to... Read more »